January 4

Events in Women’s History

1972 – Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, England.


Helen Kendrick Johnson at 47 (source)

Helen Kendrick Johnson at 47 (source)

1844Helen Kendrick Johnson, American author, poet, and activist opposing women’s suffrage (d. 1917)

1892 – María Díaz Cortés, Spanish super-centenarian (d. 2009)

1893 – Yone Minagawa, Japanese super-centenarian (d. 2007)

1922 – Doreen Valiente, British author and Wiccan priestess, involved in several of the early traditions of modern Wicca, author of religious liturgy and books on the subject, has been called “the mother of modern Witchcraft” (d. 1999)

1922 – Rosalie Crutchley, English actress (d. 1997)

1931 – Lala Mara, First Lady of Fiji as wife of Kamisese Mara, founded Fijian Political Party, member of the Great Council of Chiefs (d. 2004)

1933 – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, American author

1937 – Grace Bumbry, American soprano

1943 – Doris Kearns Goodwin, American historian and author, Pulitzer Prize winner


1601 – Laura Peverara, Italian singer, harpist and dancer (b. circa 1550)

1804Charlotte Lennox, English author and poet, best known for The Female Quixote (b. 1730)

1821 – Elizabeth Ann Seton, American saint (b. 1774)

1911 – Charlotte E. Ray, first African-American female lawyer in the United States, graduated from Howard University School of Law in 1872 (b. 1850)

1926 – Margherita of Savoy, Queen consort of the Kingdom of Italy as wife of Umberto I (b. 1851)

1931 – Louise, Princess Royal of England (b. 1867)

1940 – Flora Finch, English-born American actress (b. 1867)

1981 – Ruth Lowe, Canadian pianist and songwriter (b. 1914)

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Charlotte Lennox, date and artist unknown

Charlotte Lennox, date and artist unknown (source)

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